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Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra Association!

About our 2020/2021 Season – The KVSO musicians are embarking on a series of mini-concerts in Kankakee public parks. The events are designed to lift community spirits and bring exposure to the symphony.

Our director and conductor, Allan Dennis, says the events are in line with this year’s symphony theme, which is ‘Music Brings Us Together’. “I’ve always wanted to get our music out into the parks.” Dennis says. “People will see that we have a wonderful orchestra. This is going to be a great event — the Beatles, show tunes. If you like music, any kind of music, this is going to be enjoyable.”

Called Family Sunday Soirees, the concerts are planned Sunday, Aug. 9 and Sunday, Aug. 23. All the events are free, but you must register here for a pass to the concerts, which will be emailed to you. Under Illinois pandemic guidelines, the audience will be limited to 40 people. State covid guidelines limit all events to 50 or fewer participants, including the performers. All are outdoor concerts. Dennis says it is likely the hat will be passed if anyone wants to contribute.

Patrons are asked to bring their own chairs. Face masks and social distancing will be required. If you think you’ll need an umbrella for either too much sun or a droplet or two, bring one.

The August schedule is as follows:

Sunday, August 9

  • Bird Park: Kankakee Valley Youth Orchestra soloists, 2 pm and 4 pm.
  • Civic Auditorium: Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, 2 pm; Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, 4 pm.
  • Cobb Park Pavilion: Symphony Orchestra Brass Quartet, 2 pm; Symphony Orchestra String Quintet, 4 pm.

Sunday, August 23

  • Civic Auditorium: Kankakee Valley Youth Orchestra soloists, 2 pm and 4 pm.
  • Bird Park: Symphony Orchestra String Quartet, 2 pm; Symphony Orchestra Brass Quintet, 4 pm.
  • Cobb Park Pavilion: Symphony Orchestra Brass Quartet, 2 pm; Symphony Orchestra String Quintet, 4 pm.

All events are scheduled rain or shine.

symphony orchestra at Centennial Chapel

Originally known as The Society for the Friends of Music, the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra was established in 1967 for the purpose of experiencing the joy of music together.

The KVSOA Board of Directors, the Kankakee Valley Youth Symphony, the KVSO Women’s Board, and the KVSO Foundation all make up the Association: those volunteers who invest their time, talents, and hearts into sustaining the Kankakee Valley Symphony Orchestra and ensuring its future in the Kankakee River Valley.